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Woman Downsizes into Amazing Tiny Home on Wheels

This is the story of how one woman gradually downsized from a four bedroom house, to a one bedroom apartment, and finally to her very own custom designed and built tiny home on wheels that you see here.

The move to tiny officially started a decade ago in 2005 when Jewel began downsizing. Over the course of ten years she transitioned into a small one bedroom apartment. Today she’s happily living tiny in her very own little home on wheels after over a year of designing and planning. Her trailer is 28′ long and an additional 4′ of porch space was added onto it.

When you go inside Jewel’s tiny house you’ll find a desk nook, living area, bedroom loft, den loft, floating staircase, kitchen, large closet, screened-in porch, Juliet balcony, and more! In total, Jewel’s tiny home offers about 330 sq. ft. of space inside. Please enjoy the photo tour and interview below to learn more and help us spread the word to inspire others by re-sharing with your friends at the bottom. Thank you!

Related: Woman’s Buddhaful Tiny Home on Wheels

Woman’s Amazing Tiny Home on Wheels

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What inspired you to want to build a tiny house?

My original dream started in 1992 with an “agreement” with my daughter as she started kindergarten that she’d buy me an RV so I could travel when she made it big. 🙂 In late 2013 I stumbled on Macy Miller’s TH and her story and my dream took new shape. My daughter graduated from Harvard Law and is an attorney so she technically still owes me. 🙂

Related: Woman Builds her own DIY 196 Sq. Ft. Micro Home for $11k

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How did you know that a tiny home was right for you and when did it happen?

My plan has always been to live lighter as I got older so I wouldn’t have to work as much and as hard. I wanted a lifestyle that would allow me to travel more, to be free(er) and less obligated. So that when I happen to decide I want to move to a new place it takes less effort and is less expensive. So I started the downsizing process in 2005 and over the course of 10 years went from a 4bd/3bath home to a 1bd/1bath apt. When I stumbled on Macy’s house it just clicked as the next step to be able to take my house and my favorite things with me when I want to relocate to eliminate the relocation costs and headaches associated with packing and looking for a new home in a different location. I spent the next few months researching and planning and purchased my trailer in October, 2014.

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How did you get your tiny house built? How long did it take? 

I took my plans that me, my sister and good friend worked together to design to a builder and hired him to complete my project. The build started in mid-March and was complete for the most part by the end of May.

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If you could go back, what would you change about your tiny house project?

There was some unnecessary stress associated with my build process and I didn’t get to really enjoy the build like I’d envisioned.

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What are some of the good things you’ve discovered so far while living tiny?

My build helped me realize I know more and am stronger than I often give myself credit for. I’m 4 months in and I still love my house, which is a great feeling of knowing the researching and planning were spot on and paid off. I’ve become lazier to a point, I just want to be still and relax in and enjoy my house. 🙂 I’ve connected with some really cool people in the TH community and because of my participation on the HGTV show other people have shared that my story has encouraged them in some way. It’s also really great to be able to look around and know you’ve accomplished something like this, the actual realization of a dream.

Related: Watch the Full Episode Where Jewel Design/Build her Tiny House on Wheels

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What are some of the challenges associated with going tiny?

Location, location, location, finding a good location for TH parking and changing the mindset of cities to be accepting of THs. Also, a lot of things associated with TH living are new so there’s no set way or roadmap to follow so you’re figuring things out along the way and maybe making it up through trial and error. Then people can be “interesting” about THs and while they wouldn’t stop at a stranger’s “regular” house and knock on the door and ask to come in or peer through the windows, they’ll do it at a Tiny House.

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How long do you think you’ll live in your tiny house?

I already have ideas for different designs I’d like to build, but I see myself living here for a long time. Maybe I’ll also have a “weekender travel version TH”. Though I also see a Container Home on a beautiful island in my future. 🙂

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What do you think you’ll do with your tiny house if/when you grow out of it?

I think I’d have to keep it some kind of way for sentimental value, like maybe in a TH museum or something. 🙂 I don’t think I can see anyone else living in it unless of course the price is right and maybe I get visiting rights, lol!

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Learn more: MyGypsySoul.com and on Season 1 Episode 6 of HGTV’s Tiny House, Big Living

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • Liz September 9, 2015, 2:50 pm

    What a great home!! I like the use of different windows, her choice of colors and decor, as well as how the space is used. The lofts look plenty big enough. In the bathroom, is that a combination washer/dryer? I’ve heard the cycle for washing can take up to four hours. Is that how yours works?

    • Alex September 9, 2015, 2:52 pm

      Yes that’s a combo washer/dryer and I believe you’re right, Liz, the combo units take longer to wash/dry but the upside is you don’t have to move your clothes from washer to dryer 🙂

    • Jewel Pearson September 9, 2015, 5:38 pm

      Thank you! Yes, it is a combo unit, but it is also vented (most aren’t) so it doesn’t take 4 hours. I like it, it’s by Splendide.

      • Kim G September 10, 2015, 7:06 pm

        Stylish and classy house, I really like it. Especially your decor and the attached deck. Were the cabinets custom-made or did you find them ready to install? Will need to go watch the episode and see how it was done. Congrats and thanks! You’ve re-enlivened my interest in living tiny.

        • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 11:24 pm

          Thank you! cabinets were ready to install.

      • Kim G September 10, 2015, 7:59 pm

        Jewel- I have a question: was there a reason you chose not to put the porch over the hitch? (other than it would be very hard to back up to a view of a lake) I want a similar set up, but with a permanent garden tub in that same porch area, rain-barrel fed. The best views only get better when seen while relaxing in a tub.

        • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 11:31 pm

          A few reasons, my bathroom’s on the hitch end so it wouldn’t have made sense from a design perspective, plus i didn’t want to take space away from my trailer for the porch build so it had to be attached on the back end and the juliette balcony above the porch was meant to be accessible from my loft bedroom.

  • Amanda Gupton September 9, 2015, 2:54 pm

    Is there a floorplan available? I watched this episode, but I can’t remember the dimensions. I am in the process of working on the floorplan for my own THOW, but mine is a bit larger, like this one, and there aren’t that many larger ones (on wheels) to look at, so I would appreciate any other plans to compare mine to. Thanks so much!

  • Jerilyn Atkinson September 9, 2015, 2:56 pm

    I love your house it really is cut ena doesn’t look tiny at all.

  • Cindy September 9, 2015, 3:31 pm

    This may be my favorite of all the tiny houses you’ve featured. I was disappointed that I couldn’t see either video without paying for them. Jewel mentioned finding a place to park her TH as a challenge, so I would like to know how she resolved that problem. I’d also love to know how much duplicating this same home using a builder might cost me!

  • alice h September 9, 2015, 4:01 pm

    Wow! Lots of fantastic features packed into this one. Marvellous design job and build, really like the porch and deck.

  • Angela September 9, 2015, 4:24 pm

    Love love love love! This is exactly the type of tiny house I would want if I was a single person. But many ideas I can tuck into our plan for our family of four…

  • Shana September 9, 2015, 4:25 pm

    Love the house!

  • AJL September 9, 2015, 4:44 pm

    How large would the vehicle need to be to pull this house? We have a wonderful beach lot we just purchased. We have an aging motorhome on the property right now and I would like very much to build one of these homes. The restriction states I have to be able to move it without a commercial size vehicle, it must be road ready at all times.

  • Zackem September 9, 2015, 5:09 pm

    This is a big home, for tiny house, so I don’t see an reason why the dog is stuck in a cage under the stairs… I mean there is plenty of room for the both of them in this tiny home… People who treat their pets this way are just cruel and ignorant…..

    • Jewel Pearson September 9, 2015, 5:28 pm

      Actually he’s a very busy puppy who was in his crate (that he happens to enjoy) while the photographer did the shoot. We both enjoy my home and don’t need your two cents. He is very well taken care of and I am neither ignorant or cruel – go have a better day!

      • Kate September 30, 2015, 10:42 pm

        I think that you are correct in having a crate for your fur baby. I have a cat and I often confine him when there are other people in our space. He is strictly an indoor critter and I don’t want to take the chance of an escape because the door was left open too long. I like people but my 9 yr old furry boy is like a child with a hearing disability…so I take precautions for his sake.
        I love your place and think it’s just lovely. And I like the idea of a ‘get-away’ place!

      • angela March 19, 2016, 6:27 am

        I love u style

      • Theresa Rafuse March 20, 2016, 10:08 am

        Such a beautiful home and so tastefully decorated and cozy.I apologize for any ‘nasty comments’ others posted,because that is just me…we aren’t all like that,thank god! I am still in the early planning stages of my ‘future home.’ I am so envious of you,and your fulfilled dream and the ability to transform the wish into reality! I hope you and your ‘doggy’ many happy years in your little castle. xo

    • Diane September 9, 2015, 5:59 pm

      Zackem, May be the person taking the pictures was scared of dogs. From someone who use to be, or may be the dog was jumping on the guest. Sometime the cage is for their protection as well everyone is not a animal lover, why did it have to be cruel & ignorant.

      • Marti September 9, 2015, 7:50 pm

        Funny how someone who can accuse a person they know nothing about of being cruel & ignorant by viewing a single innocent photograph. Actually, it kind of has the opposite affect-shows their own ignorance and negativity. What an ego, Zackem, to make that kind of accusation against someone with absolutely no facts. Angry and bitter about your own life much?

        • VICTORIA BOYD May 17, 2016, 8:45 am

          I love her TH. I also rescue dogs, puppies from in humane, destitute situations. I also use crates. Where I have spent a lifetime loving all kinds of animals and especially dogs, I also know that as well as I treat them that there are times it is better to have them in the confines of a crate. And my three little ones think their crates are their second bed and security spot for when things are stressful like weather, too much company in our home etc. I love it that people are concerned about a pet but I am insulted and ashamed that you would pick this spot to voice such absurd opinions. This is about showing her TH, which is absolutely well planned out and beautiful execution and quite frankly the dog is where he or she needs to be while filming and people going in and out. And as a well loved companion, but still a pet, the dog, anywhere at anyone’s house need proficient confines for safety and security as yet another step in being loved. The only real concern here, which isn’t the topic would be if a person leaves their pets in the crates for long periods of time and it then becomes abusive. We don’t know this and to pick this subject out of this photo is being radical and out of line.

    • Lynne September 9, 2015, 6:11 pm

      Please don’t denigrate someone you don’t know. It is unkind and unfair.

      Her dog is in a crate, not a cage. Many people crate train their dogs – I didn’t have to, beyond the early puppy stages when they were being potty trained (I once had three at one time – now have one senior babe). However, just because I chose not to crate train my dogs, I don’t follow the line of thought that everyone has to be like me!

      Most likely, she put him or her in the crate while people came in to take photos. That’s totally understandable (better that than have the dog nervous around strangers, or even, heaven forbid, accidentally gets out when somone leaves the door open). Dogs who are crate trained find their crates to be a secure place that is all their own – a place to feel safe.

      If you take a moment and look at her Facebook and Instagram pages, you’ll see some videos and photos of her pooch playing and doing other lovable doggie stuff. Obviously NOT staying in the crate all the time!

    • Alex September 9, 2015, 6:58 pm

      Zackem sounds like you’re kind of assuming the dogs there all the time. I’m sure it was just for the photo shoot so the little guy wouldn’t get stomped on on accident by the photo crew. On the contrary, she’s very caring and thoughtful to have put the pup there at that time. Geez. Lol.

    • Nancy September 9, 2015, 8:49 pm

      I have three dogs and they love their crates. For a dog, a crate is their den or personal space. My dogs often retire to their crates during the day on their own.

    • Rhonda N September 9, 2015, 10:32 pm

      Really, Zackem? Was that necessary to say based on a photograph during a professional photo shoot? Seems the only ignorant person on this page would be you.

      • Bill September 10, 2015, 8:36 am

        Everyone’s responses to the original negative comment are awesome. Speaks volumes for how great this community is.

        • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 11:07 pm

          i agree… 🙂

    • Kat September 10, 2015, 10:38 am

      Zackem:
      It’s just a snapshot pic of one time, to show that you can have a dog in a THOW. Don’t go getting all judgey based on one pic. Jeez!

    • Kim G September 10, 2015, 7:40 pm

      Dogs feel safe in their crates, and can spend time in there without any hurt or trauma. It would be unkind to not provide one for your indoor doggie.

    • Sassy September 10, 2015, 10:59 pm

      You clearly didn’t watch the show. The dog is very much loved. Maybe he is in the cage because while the photographers were there she didn’t want him getting stepped on by mistake or she didn’t want someone tripping over him and getting hurt. Don’t be so quick to judge, otherwise the one who assumes another to be cruel or ignorant may just wake up to realize they are looking in the mirror. If you must make unsolicited opinions and judgements then do everyone a favor and just think them, do not post them. This page is about tiny homes and we all want to focus on the awesomeness of this one. Have a great day, and think tiny! Tiny homes that is, not tiny mindedness!

    • Jaime September 11, 2015, 5:36 am

      Hi Zachem, I don’t think “cruel and ignorant” mean what you think they mean

    • Angie September 20, 2015, 6:27 am

      Zackem, I think you may have jumped to conclusions…I once had a dog that when strangers came over I had to contain as well. It was not cruel, it was for their and my protection, as a dog bite lawsuit, was not something I wanted.

  • MareM September 9, 2015, 5:12 pm

    Jewel, your TH is STUNNING (and so are you)! One of the most (if not THE most) livable and comfortable-looking THs I’ve ever seen. Are you by any chance a professional designer? If not, you should be. Kudos to you.

  • Diane September 9, 2015, 5:19 pm

    By far the most beautifully designed and decorated tiny house I have seen so far…and I have seen many. If I ever have the good fortune to have one I would copy this one for sure! Kudos!

  • Cooltruth September 9, 2015, 6:02 pm

    The outside is very artistic looking which gets people curious about whether it’s as artistic looking inside. That’s why you’ve got people wanting to look inside. It’s impressive inside, too. People looking inside aren’t going to be disappointed. I picked up some good ideas for lofts and steps. Loved those steps going up to the bedroom.

  • deborah trescott September 9, 2015, 6:06 pm

    OMG!! Be still my beating heart!! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

  • kristina nadreau September 9, 2015, 6:08 pm

    Zachem, I assume the dog was in the crate to protect her from the photography crew. My herd of 4 all loved their crate (den) when they were growing up. They went there by choice when they wanted to be separate.

    this is a good size tiny house and is obviously very well planned to the last inch. The decor reflects the owner, as it should. The round window is a treat. Thank to Alex and owner for sharing.

  • Lynne September 9, 2015, 6:17 pm

    Jewel, your TH is truly a jewel!!! I love it – you’ve given me new ideas, also.

    Normally, I don’t like stairs that are kind of open – like these (I ‘might’ admit to a bit of a fear of heights). But your stairs (hooray for stairs instead of ladders, btw) add to the spacious feeling in your TH.

    And your kitchen… your KITCHEN!!!! I love it. I love to cook, and I would be very happy in a kitchen like this!!!

    Great house – no, great home!!! Congrats on this latest success!!!

    • Rochelle September 9, 2015, 10:05 pm

      I agree with you. The kitchen is beautiful as is the bathroom !! The whole place, as they say, “is laid out ” ! I love to cook. Jewel, if you ever want to sell this, it WILL sell. I’d buy it. Congrats.

  • Kristin September 9, 2015, 6:25 pm

    Does anyone know the dimension of the house/size of the trailer? It seems huge? And is the screened in porch a fold down/add on or is that part f the trailer?

    • Alex September 9, 2015, 6:55 pm

      Trailer is 28′ and the porch adds an additional 4′ 🙂

      • erin September 10, 2015, 11:08 am

        Do you know the width dimensions?

        • Alex September 10, 2015, 12:44 pm

          Interior is likely about 8′ wide and exterior 8’6″

  • Don September 9, 2015, 6:38 pm

    Jewel it looks like your TH matches your personality “very colourful” This is one of those homes that you wake up in the morning and just feel good. It would be difficult for any contractor to capture this much imagination. You are a gal that knew what she wanted and now you have it, Definitely a top ten of the tiny house newsletter. Thank-you for sharing this one with us.

  • SusieQ September 9, 2015, 6:49 pm

    I love the layout of this home.Beautiful kitchen!I would only change a couple of things, the color of the couch and would get a stack washer and drier. How do you get up to the loft where the chair is? You are a good doggie Mom, putting your fur baby in a crate where he/she would be safe while pictures were taken.Best wishes in your new home.

    • Alex September 9, 2015, 6:54 pm

      Susie to answer your question about the second loft if you look closely at the photos you can see there’s a sort of ladder built onto the wall to get up there 🙂

      • SusieQ September 9, 2015, 7:04 pm

        If that’s the way up, that spot would have to be for grand children when they visit.

  • Emily c. September 9, 2015, 7:16 pm

    I saw this on TV and this has to be the best one I’ve seen. It’s so stylish and comfortable looking. I would consider a tiny house if it was like this one. Also, if you watch the show you’ll see she loves her dog and people crate them for their protection and others.

    • Alex September 9, 2015, 7:28 pm

      Thanks, Emily! And yes I highly recommend watching the episode (links to it are in the article above)

  • Rochelle September 9, 2015, 8:06 pm

    Miss Jewel, you are a real inspiration ! I wish you much peace and happiness in your soul, spirit and new home . I see by your plaques that you are already at PEACE. Have you considered doing this professionally for others who’d like to have “designer” THs? I pray that you continue to be still, relax and enjoy your new home. Thanks for sharing these magnificent photos with us.

  • JJ September 9, 2015, 8:20 pm

    This is a gorgeous, livable design! Brilliant!
    This design is one of my all time favorites!

  • Zackem September 9, 2015, 8:22 pm

    My intentions was not to harm any one with my comment… I see a cage it’s under some stairs, I stated the obvious, and nothing more.. I don’t know this woman, I have never met this woman, and I have nothing against this woman… And I resent any insinuation in which it is implied other wise… My motives where purely for the interest of and for the love for animals and only because of the dog in the photo…

    • Alex September 9, 2015, 8:29 pm

      Thanks for clearing that up, Zackem! I appreciate it because we strive to keep this an upbeat and friendly place to hang out online. Have a great night!

    • Gigi September 10, 2015, 5:42 pm

      Nothing more? You mentioned cruel and ignorant. That’s a lot more and goes well beyond what was obvious in the photo. Perhaps you’ve never heard of crating a dog? It’s an actual thing that is not cruel by any means. You should do some reading about it. My dogs rather enjoy their crates. They take toys in to play with and sleep in them.

      • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 11:13 pm

        thank you…

      • Eric September 11, 2015, 9:35 pm

        Yeah, it seems counterintuitive that a dog would like to be in a cage, but I know of a few that willing jog into theirs when their owner opens the cage. Perfectly happy. Strange as it may sound. In a way, perhaps THEY feel protected…

  • Marsha Cowan September 9, 2015, 9:24 pm

    Amazing and beautiful tiny house!

  • Marcy September 9, 2015, 9:38 pm

    Wow, wow, and WOW!

  • Susan September 9, 2015, 9:57 pm

    I check out this site daily and am blown away by this TH. Absolutely gorgeous. My dilemma is finding a place to park one in my area of Florida. I’ll be designing one within the year and hope to be able to find the right place for it. Kudos on this design.

  • Brenda September 9, 2015, 10:02 pm

    What a stunning home,Jewel….I love everything about it, I especially love your decor, and what it says to me is that there is a beautiful soul that is living there!
    May wonderful days always follow you through life in your lovely, and sweet Tiny Home!!!

    Wishing you all the best,
    Brenda

  • Rhonda N September 9, 2015, 10:34 pm

    Jewel,

    I love the house. It’s a masterpiece. I fell in love with it on HGTV and hope to accomplish the same thing when I begin to build my own. I’ll need that large closet too. A girls needs options, but I am downsizing bit by bit now.

  • William Hoskins September 9, 2015, 11:02 pm

    Superlatives unabated, actually
    It would sound like a dating to properly describe, mz. Jewel you done the unthinkable as far as Individualism goes,there’s only two others come anywhere near the top of the pyramid. One a German product ” johnwagon” .the other an airstream. Incredible.
    Thank for an option besides wood! William Hoskins.

  • Carolyn September 10, 2015, 12:50 am

    “I think I’m in love
    ‘Cause I can’t get enough. No, no, no…”

  • Patty September 10, 2015, 1:26 am

    So very beautifully done! I love how the trees just appear to be part of the home. Very well done.

  • Sandi B September 10, 2015, 3:28 am

    Wow, wow and wow. I can not add more to what others have said. This is a terrific build — you did an outstanding job. I would love to see floor plans — will check out the links in the article. You seem like a truly happy person, your home resonates it and may you have many wonderful years in your terrific Thow! God bless and stay safe.

  • Dennis September 10, 2015, 5:56 am

    Its a really nice looking rig. I am wondering how she got it so low and is still able to be towed without hitting the ground. Does it lift some how for towing?

    • Jewel September 10, 2015, 9:42 am

      dennis, it’s on a slight slope so the front is a lot closer to the ground than the rear due to where it’s currently parked. it’s a standard dropped axel trailer and tows normally.

  • Nanny M September 10, 2015, 8:15 am

    Lovely work, Jewel! Rarely have I seen ANY home that expresses the owners inner beauty so well. Such bright energy! So sorry others intrude, but I think the glory just draws them so they can’t resist.

  • CC September 10, 2015, 9:10 am

    Gorgeous home. So nice to see a more luxe tiny!

    It looks large… Know it’s 28′ + 4′ porch, but how wide & high is it?

    Thanks so much for the inspiration! #love

  • JCNYC September 10, 2015, 9:12 am

    Jewel’s home is just awesome!!!!! My favorite so far. I love that she has a large sofa, so it feels like she has heaps of space, even if it is actually a tiny house. I really like the gorgeous African artwork. The entire home is really beautifully designed.

  • Rochelle September 10, 2015, 9:25 am

    do mind telling us what brand/model is your refrigerator? Is it grey and does it come in other colors ? I’m a cook . also, it looks like your kitchen and bathroom cabinetry matches the frig. Same brand? Thanks for being so kind in responding to our questions. I LOVE YOUR TH and red is my sorority color. YOU hit the nail on the head GF.

    • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 2:50 pm

      Thank you! you’re probably confusing my pantry for the refrigerator which is further down that hall across from the nook. It’s a Whirlpool and is black.

  • Dave September 10, 2015, 9:37 am

    Jewel,
    Can’t give any more positive comments….all here have covered
    It all…only being a slave to the dreded flat screen I’d need a place to watch some quality TV……
    Q: Can the nook/Back porch be taken off to move if nessisary…? (hard to do if possible?)
    I would go 2 feet wider(and pay a small permit fee) to move it if and when I had to……
    Jewel…One last question….(your probably sick of all the questions)
    Would you be kind enough to give us all a ballpark cost to build this fantastic TH?
    I’m building a 32′ TH on a fithwheel trailer and would appreciate
    a rough idea of total cost……
    Thank You for your time……

    • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 2:56 pm

      Thank you! A (small) flatscreen is on the way 🙂 The inner screens of the porch are removable as is the balcony railing and they floor & ceiling then fold up into the house for travel. Pics are on my FB page if you want to see more. Because I didn’t want to see comments similar to the above comment re: my puppy from people as they discussed whether I spent too much, too little, what they could’ve done and bought with the money I spent, etc… I decided not to share the cost. There are so many others who have shared that you should be able to compare to and ballpark it for. Thanks again!

  • Barb B September 10, 2015, 10:34 am

    Your TH is so glam and spacious! Usually I’m not a fan of the “modern” look but this is gorgeous! I definitely would live there!! Love the idea of a larger closet and bath and kitchen are wonderful. Although I’m fighting the straight up “rectangular” look to outside design (I prefer the dormer look), I’m beginning to see the light cost-wise with your design which, of course, looks fantastic with your chosen décor. Thanks, Jewel, for the inspiration—This now seems possible!

  • Jackiehummel September 10, 2015, 10:46 am

    This home is absolutely beautiful and I commend you for invisioning such a lovely home. What was the total cost to build this model? Are there any plans available? And last but not least what size vehicle do you need to pull it?

    • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 2:59 pm

      Thank you! Because I didn’t want to see comments similar to the above comment re: my puppy from people as they discussed whether I spent too much, too little, what they could’ve done and bought with the money I spent, etc… I decided not to share the cost. My plans will be available soon and details will be available on my FB and website. My home needs to be pulled with something like a F350. When I need to move I call a tow truck 🙂

  • BeBe September 10, 2015, 12:37 pm

    I saw this on HGTV and really liked it. If I remember there was a nice walk-in closet off the kitchen. That being said, when are we going to see a TH that is all on one level? No steps, no ladders and with a separate bedroom. I have knee and ankle problems and aging dogs that need pampering.

    • Pat Dunham September 22, 2016, 8:50 pm

      My tiny house is on a foundation 9′ X 21′ with an L shape off main room for bathroom. But want to share that we do not have a loft and we have a bed with drawers under it, in the main room and it works out very well. You can see it on my website to get an idea how great the space fits. Hopefully it helps anyone who does not want to deal with stairs.

  • Alia September 10, 2015, 12:41 pm

    I love this home. I want to live in something just like this. It has all one needs. And your decorating is beautiful. Good job pretty lady

  • Diane Manganello September 10, 2015, 2:36 pm

    Stunning home with no “tiny” feel. I’m sorry I missed the HGTV episode with your build. Did you say how wide it is? Looks wider than the usual THOW.

    Best wishes, Jewel!
    Diane

    • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 3:00 pm

      thank you! it’s the standard 8’6″ trailer

  • Ben Huffman September 10, 2015, 6:00 pm

    Hi, Jewel (and Alex). It was a real blessing to see photos of your neat place. I think the part I appreciate most is the use of windows to open things up. It really seems to get rid of the boxed in feeling. Thanks to you both for sharing the info. I never get tired (at least so far) of seeing how creative people use space and materials. Ben Huffman, Barryton, Michigan.

  • CathyAnn September 10, 2015, 6:49 pm

    This has to be one of my all-time favorite THOW’s! It’s beautiful in every way. Being older, I always notice how the loft is accessed, and those stairs with railing would make me feel secure going up and down. Every detail is so well thought out, a serene, happy space in which to live.

    If I say anymore, I’ll just be repeating what everyone else has said already……

  • Jewel Pearson September 10, 2015, 11:20 pm

    I haven’t been able to respond to everyone individually, but would like to say thank you very much to you all for your compliments, comments and well wishes it’s heart warming and very appreciated!! ~ wishing you all the best

  • Sondra September 11, 2015, 3:48 pm

    Love Love Love this house, saw the HGTV show they had for this amazing home ! When I build my tiny home (still trying to get the husband on board ha) this is the HOUSE I will build ! Kudos to you Jewell, your tiny home and your tiny dog 😉 xxoo

  • Beth September 11, 2015, 5:27 pm

    This by far is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The kitchen doesn’t show an oven only microwave. I love to cook and would put in larger stove and oven. Is their a dishwasher? I thought of instead of flood down maybe a round tabletop that could be attached with two chairs and could be removed if not needed. Postal screws into floor attach tabletop. On screen porch table could be used also same way. Maybe a portable ladder to get to reading area instead of attached bars. I couldn’t do those. You fur baby is just fine. If ever in Texas drop by.

  • Nancy September 12, 2015, 12:28 am

    This is beautiful.

    Is that area under the bedroom/stairs, across from the kitchen side, a storage closet?

    I’m always curious how people store their things in TH.

  • Nancy September 12, 2015, 12:40 am

    Ok, I found a comment above that it’s a large closet.

    What state are you located in?

  • Catherine September 12, 2015, 2:02 am

    Your home is just lovely Jewel. Thank you for sharing.
    You have set a new standard for others to aspire to! You should be a designer.

  • Chanel September 13, 2015, 8:05 am

    I would really like to know the final costs and if something like this would even be possible for a newly divorced single mom looking to fulfill a tiny dream 🙂

  • Lauren September 14, 2015, 12:36 am

    The STAIRS are incredible. I’ve searched and searched. Can you provide a source? Custom made it appears.

  • Denise September 14, 2015, 9:25 am

    One thing that stands out with this THOW as opposed to others I have seen, is a true sense of spaciousness. This is one that a person doesn’t get the sense of 8’6″ walls. The layout, brightness, colour, everything contribute to what appears to be very comfortable, spread out living – a total package that I can see will give long term comfort and not result in cabin fever. Bravo on this build and I hope it is enjoyed for many years to come.

  • Alex September 14, 2015, 10:29 am

    For me there is always the question. Where are you allowed to live like this. On witch kind of property in which area in which country.for example In Austria where I live there are not many people open for such solutions because they would be jealous I think.

  • Dericc September 18, 2015, 6:32 pm

    love your tiny home! Beautifully decorated!! Why a tiny home over a RV? Price? My husband and I have gone off the grid and live full time in Fifth wheel Rv. Really enjoy it.

  • Billyc September 26, 2015, 4:57 am

    I love the digs one could comfortable but 2 could be even better from the looks and time 100 easy start to finish with that much into it I wouldn’t want to ride it around I don’t think the insurance would cover it like a regular travel trailer .and again awesome job on your home. sweet

  • Kimberly September 26, 2015, 5:27 pm

    Jewel – WOW – you are living MY dream!! … You’ve inspired me to make it a reality!! YOUR design is, by far, one of the nicest!! I love your decor and how you bring the outside ‘in’ with all the great windows!! I’m especially fond of the small collapsible table in the corner near the porch. I would use this as a makeshift office ? … I have a few questions: are you able to access to small balcony outside your bedroom? Is there storage behind the kitchen wall that has the mural? Are you located in the U.S.? … Thank you for sharing your THOW and for answering everyone’s questions!!!! Good luck with your website – I see it’ll be launching in about 2 hours – cool! Peace

    • Jewel Pearson October 1, 2015, 1:14 am

      Yes, the window in the master loft was designed/sized for access to tha balcony. Yes, behind the mural is a walk in closet and I am in the US. 🙂 Thanks!

  • Carol Perry September 30, 2015, 3:15 am

    Hi Jewel & Alex,

    First of all I wouldn’t change anything in your beautiful home. You’ve got style and really nice taste!! Your tiny home doesn’t look tiny at all. I love the fact that you use real furniture and. Not build -ins. The build-ins don’t look like they are that comfortable. I love your back splash in your kitchen. I just love all of your details you used in your home!!

    Your family must be so proud of what you have accomplished!! Are you sure your old enough to have a daughter that has graduated from Harvard Law School?? Just kidding!! You must be so proud of her!! You should be a model you are just gorgeous and so young looking!!

    Again thank you for sharing your lovely home with all of us. I’m working on my husband into down sizing and taking a look at these really cute tiny homes. I can’t wait to show him yours. It just might change his mind.

    Enjoy your home, it’s just beautiful!! Carol Perry

  • Liz September 30, 2015, 3:45 pm

    I’ve never seen this many comments. This is the best tiny home I’ve seen thus far. Look at the height in the bedroom. Lady, you’ve got an amazing home, wonderful ability to design and use colors and I cannot fine one bit of fault with this home. I can usually find SOME fault somewhere, but not this place. Keep building and designing these homes Jewel!!!

  • Betty September 30, 2015, 5:36 pm

    I am a nurse who is about to retire in a couple of years. This TH is exactly what I have been dreaming about. I really would appreciate any info from Jewel I can get. Thanks Betty S.

  • Betty September 30, 2015, 5:48 pm

    Any information I can get about Jewels home would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  • Mary Corbett September 30, 2015, 7:14 pm

    Jewel, your home is beautiful! I can see why strangers want to see inside, but please be careful. You have no idea who these strangers are or what they may be up to. Remember, this is your home, and you’re not obligated to open your door to people you don’t know. Take care and stay safe.

  • Caroline September 30, 2015, 11:02 pm

    Jewel, there needs to be an award for the best design and build of a TH yet and you win it hands down. I saw the TV episode you were featured on and your builder is the man I intend to contact when and if I get to do my own TH. He really paid attention to your wants and ideas instead of just taking over. The result is really wonderful. Both of you need to be very, very proud of yourselves and what you have accomplished with this.

  • Belinda Bruce Austin October 22, 2015, 6:36 am

    Omg!!! Love your house it IS the best Tiny house on TV!! Beautiful, classy, well though out! I have shared your episode with everyone I can think of. Having a TH night at my house, inviting people over to watch all episodes, but yours will be the ultimate viewing. Thank you for your inspirational home!!

  • Philips Upham November 7, 2015, 8:51 pm

    Please tell me the manufacturer of the large red round window. Anyone, Thanks

  • BF Kendeick December 1, 2015, 8:49 pm

    Absolutely perfect. Loved seeing the show and appreciate your sharing with everyone the trials and tribulations of building your dream home. At 60+, I hope to start my THOW journey soon.

  • Natasha December 30, 2015, 4:55 am

    Your home is the only tiny house I have seen with a walk-in closet. Can you tell me the dimensions of your closet? Thank you.

  • Sharon seiber February 8, 2016, 11:24 am

    Jewel I love your tiny house I’m looking to have one built for myself could you please tell me what something like yours cost and where I can get floor plans I’m 71 yr’s old and ready for a tiny home please help thank you so much I live in the Kansas City,Mo area

    • linda February 8, 2016, 6:40 pm

      Please, I agree with Sharon! Your house is so cozy and lovely.

  • Kris March 7, 2016, 5:30 pm

    Jewel, This is the nicest tiny house I’ve ever seen! It really ticks all of the boxes, is so tastefully decorated, and I love it!! You need to make and sell these lady! I’m keeping this episode on my DVR. How do you like it? Would you change anything? Anyone who saw this episode can see how much you love you pup by the way. Ignore them.

  • David March 19, 2016, 12:56 pm

    Jewel has STYLE like next to no one else, I agree with all here, this thow is more than beautiful, the layout is smart, and it’s SO WELL decorated, gosh!! A woman who knows her price/goals. 🙂

  • Caroline M. Erley March 19, 2016, 1:43 pm

    Jewel, I just think you are brilliant! I saw the HGTV episode on your home and it is the BEST EVER. I also thought your contractor was the best I’ve seen. What a beautiful outcome.

  • Sophie March 19, 2016, 2:03 pm
  • Cathy March 19, 2016, 5:30 pm

    Your home is INCREDIBLE!!!! It looks inviting, comfortable and that you have everything you need!!! Thank you for sharing your style!!!!!

  • Lisa Hartford March 19, 2016, 7:09 pm

    Wow! This lady should seriously think about becoming an interior designer!

  • Nita Hiltner March 19, 2016, 8:46 pm

    This is gorgeous. I love the real couch. NO benches up against the wall for me. I would change one thing. I don’t see why with a limit of 13 ft on height, they cannot make the kitchen below the loft 6 and a half feet and then the loft the same, so you can stand up in the loft to dress. I will not stoop or crawl around in a loft.

    • JEWEL PEARSON May 16, 2016, 11:53 pm

      thank you! the 13 ft is from the ground to the top of the roof. in your calculations you’re not accounting for the height of the trailer the tiny house is built on from the ground up being about 2ft, the subfloor, the ceiling/loft floor, the loft ceiling, insulation, roofing material, etc.

  • Vicki March 19, 2016, 10:10 pm

    Jewel, I agree with every positive expression written. I especially love how sleek and modern it is. So many of the tiny houses are so primitive and rustic they remind me of our old recycling days in the early seventies….. Depressing. Could you tell me where and who built your little place? They did such a good job. Talk about thinking outside of the box. Sorry if this information was already addressed and I missed it, but if so I would appreciate a repeat. You have a lovely home. Keep enjoying it.

  • Nancy Figueroa March 20, 2016, 2:16 am

    I’m in Love, this tiny house is the answer to my prayers. Will inbox you for more info if you don’t mine Jewel D Pearson.
    Thanks and God bless!

  • Gabrielle Charest March 20, 2016, 2:34 am

    Very chic design. It is a jewel, just like its owner!

  • Tracy March 20, 2016, 2:28 pm

    How much did your tiny house cost to build?

  • Keke March 22, 2016, 3:36 am

    I love jewel mural and like to know who made?

  • MARTHA March 22, 2016, 9:10 pm

    Hello,
    Jewel I want this home. I am in the military and this is exactly what I need for my next three moves until I retire. I have one question. I wanted to find out what type of plumbing you have. My fear is the toilet situation and it’s my understanding that the water heater is much smaller. lol
    I have really long hair… need I say more.
    Share any good information about what to expect from a TH bathroom.
    Thank you!

    • JEWEL PEARSON May 16, 2016, 11:46 pm

      i have a macerating toilet and not a composting toilet, i also have an on demand water heater which provides never ending hot water.

  • Phyllis March 23, 2016, 3:33 pm

    I am a Pratt Graduate Interior Designer and I give you an A++ for this job but am wondering what are the interior dementions of the closet, looks like you truely fit the Queen Mary in a dixie cup here and deserve an big “ATTA GIRL!!!” for sure.

  • keilani March 29, 2016, 1:08 pm

    I’m late to the party but I’m just now seeing this gorgeous tiny house…kudos to your design!

  • Debbie Keithley April 19, 2016, 4:10 pm

    Jewel,
    May I ask what you would of done differently in your design?
    With that said, the space is fabulous!
    It definitely reflects your your personality & energy.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Debbie
    p.s. By chance do you have any ideas/plans for a smaller version?

    • JEWEL PEARSON May 16, 2016, 11:43 pm

      thankfully there is nothing i would have done differently after almost a year in my tiny house. thank you very much! i’m partnering with a tiny home builder and we may offer a version of my tiny house in a 24 ft.

  • Victoria Boyd May 15, 2016, 11:15 am

    Jewel’s TH is the most beautiful, functional, well planned and designed one I’ve seen yet. Her ideas are EXCELLENT and I would love having the very same exact thing. She has and completed the best one EVER!

  • Dana Fidler August 2, 2016, 11:39 am

    What are the measurements of this tiny house? I really like the setup of this tiny house!

  • pds August 7, 2016, 9:54 am

    Jewel, girl I am beyond inspired. For the past two years I’ve been researching container homes and really like that idea as well but now I don’t know after viewing Gypsy. I have an RV but want something more creative and reflective of me. Keep doing you!

  • Lee Lee August 20, 2016, 9:09 am

    Who did you use as your builder for this TH? Where is he located? Can you provide his contact information?

  • fanella August 27, 2016, 12:46 pm

    OMG what a beautiful house you have. I love the different colours you choose and the decor. Now I’m inspired I’d love to have a tiny house.

  • TS August 29, 2016, 7:11 pm

    how odd that you didn’t show the walk-in closet, which is the most UNIQUE advantage of your design!

  • Dana September 7, 2016, 11:41 am

    Jewel, your house is the most beautiful and well thought TH I’ve seen. Great job!!! I have two questions for you, would it be possible to incorporate solar panels in your design? And, how do you go about getting internet access? I’m planning on going to grad school and I’d like to live in a TH instead of paying rent for the 4 years of school. Thanks for your thoughts. I wish you happiness in your TH:) #thanksfortheinspiration

  • Nancy September 17, 2016, 8:47 pm

    I watched the HGTV episode. I think that it was one of the best. I love the round window and the walk-in closet. I’d need a closet like that for all of my clothes and accessories.

  • Claudia September 24, 2016, 10:40 am

    Jewel, your tiny home is my favorite. I love everything about it. I have 2 questions: do you use the loft area and how do you access it?

  • Pamela Martin October 13, 2016, 1:02 pm

    I remember seeing your house feature on HGTV & watches. I watched it again, 2x. You inspired me to buy a tiny home. I was critiquing everything you did to see what I would do I not do. Your home is definitely fabulous & stylish. Thanks for being an inspiration. I just hope one day I will see my home in fruition.

  • Sharon November 23, 2016, 5:12 pm

    Your home feels to me like every inch of space came from deep heart-felt soulful ‘necessities’. To pare down one’s stuff to how your colors, textures, chair styles/comforts, ancestral art, light with nature’s trees is almost knowing who you are as a person. It’s akin to ‘seeing’ a beautiful symphony. What gracious joy.

  • Brenda November 27, 2016, 4:02 pm

    I just love this “tiny home.” It is beautiful and so well put together. It looks well designed, well thought out, and most of all well constructed. I would love to know who built this beautiful home.

    I, personally from experience, could not recommend anyone to buy a Lil Lodge tiny home from this manufacture in Alabama.

  • Gabriella December 11, 2016, 8:36 am

    I can only “Good taste has the Lady”! This is a typical set-up geared to the kind of people who do not believe that in a few square meters you can have all the luxury that only industrial furniture know flaut. But my heart still beats for the mynad of Artists Artsans of Tiny House (at not only) willing guys who make body and soul their followers dreams of the great Masters such as Alvar Aalto who designed and created his works, I think the dining room of “Robie House”, where Frank Lloyd Wright where he did not use the cartridges of big industrial names to set it up he was already the Bomb!! But finally I noticed a stuffed toy or a hairy thing in the cage is a trendy sculpture “Naturalistic”? If it is so put it in the living room with the autor’s name cleary visible. OK

  • Lydia January 24, 2017, 8:50 am

    I love this one

  • Donna March 28, 2017, 3:24 am

    Oh My Goodness!!! This is one of the best thow I have ever seen! The design is sublime. All the little things that sometime irk me about many thows are missing or corrected. And beautifully, I might add. I love to cook and I can a fair amount so I love seeing a decent kitchen. The whole interior is beautifully done. The only thing I would change is the couch to brown fullgrain leather, because we have a few more fur babies(all rescues). A 14 yr old tortie point, 9 yr old pug, a 7 yr old aus.cattledogXcard.corgi(who likes to cuddle while we watch tv with his head in mine or my hubby’s lap) a 6 yr old pomeranian, a 3 yr old seal point, a 2 1/2 yr old part oriental whorled tabby, and a 1yr old husky.Only the pug, husky, and 2 younger cats like crates. My oldest cat is actually claustrophobic. My hubby would probably change the colors. He doen’t like red that much. I love anything bright or bold so the red is fine for me. Jewel, you should consider a career change to designing thows.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 28, 2017, 11:16 am

      Wow what a wonderful furry family you have 🙂

  • Kimberly May 31, 2017, 11:12 pm

    Love your living room! How many feet is your living room? Thanks

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